My name is Daniel Whyte III here to remind you that Jesus Christ is coming back soon and that you need to be prepared. This broadcast is not about predictions, nor is it about setting dates as some foolishly have done, however it is all about preparation.
First, today, let’s look at some Signs of His Coming in the news.
The disciples asked Jesus in Matthew 24:3, “What shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” Jesus Christ gave them (and us) clear signs that show us when we can begin to expect to see the Coming of the Lord and the end of the world. Looking at world events through the lens of the Word of God, let’s look at some headlines from today’s news that point to the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
First, today, under the Sign category of TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST — According to The Jerusalem Post, the London-based Saudi daily Asharq Al-Awsat reported that the “extremist Jewish ‘Union of Temple Organizations'” called for Jews to storm the Aqsa Mosque on the occasion of Tisha Be’Av, which runs into the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha this year. There were no Israeli sources confirming such a report. The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Sheikh Muhammad Hussein demanded that the site be protected and said that he would hold the Israeli government responsible for any escalation. Eid al-Adha, known as the “festival of sacrifice,” coincides with the completion of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca and commemorates Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son in order to demonstrate his dedication to God. The Eid begins on the evening of Sunday, August 11, and ends on the evening of Thursday, August 15. From Saturday night, August 10, until Sunday evening, Jews mark Tisha B’Av, the day that the two Jewish Temples in Jerusalem were destroyed, by fasting for 25 hours and abiding by other mourning practices, including sitting on the floor or low chairs and reciting the Book of Lamentations, in which the prophet Jeremiah laments the destruction of Jerusalem and the subsequent exile.
Second, today, under the Sign category of THE RISE OF GOG AND MAGOG — According to the AFP, Russian President Vladimir Putin urged the United States to begin new arms talks after the collapse of a Cold War nuclear pact between the two world powers. Moscow and Washington tore up the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty on Friday, triggering fears of a new arms race. “In order to avoid chaos that has no rules, limits and laws, one needs to once again weigh all possible dangerous consequences and start serious dialogue without any ambiguities. We are ready for it,” Putin said in a statement. Putin said Monday that if Russia receives information about US development of new missiles, it “will be forced to begin the full-scale development of similar missiles.” Unless there are new talks about strategic security, “this scenario means restarting an uncontrolled arms race,” he added.
Third, today, under the Sign category of WARS & RUMORS OF WARS — According to Israel National News, Iran’s Defense Minister, Amir Hatami, warned on Thursday that the formation of a US-led flotilla in the Gulf would “increase insecurity” and that any Israeli involvement would have “disastrous consequences” for the region. The US announced plans to build a coalition of nations to monitor and deter Iranian threats against commercial shipping in the Persian Gulf after continued tensions with Iran in the region. The mission is dubbed Operation Sentinel. Britain, which already has warships on protection duty in the Gulf after a UK-flagged tanker was seized by Iranian Revolutionary Guards, has said it will join the planned operation. Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz said that Israel would also be taking part in the coalition. Reacting to reports of Israeli willingness to join the coalition, Hatami said it would be “highly provocative and can have disastrous consequences for the region”.
Now, it’s time for Prophecy Bootcamp.
Prophecy Bootcamp is where we deal with the basics of prophecy, the Second Coming of Christ, and what will happen in the future according to the Bible. Our aim here is not to make predictions but to help you get prepared by understanding how things will unfold in the end times.
Our topic for today is titled “The Prophet and the Prophetic Ministry (Part 2)” from Tim LaHaye and Ed Hindson’s book “The Essential Guide to Bible Prophecy.”
First, God chooses a prophet. Abraham’s call makes this clear:
“Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
Abraham’s role as a prophet was not a vocation he sought. Rather, it was a result of God’s unique, sovereign calling upon his life.
Second, a prophet is a person with God’s message. God called Abraham to serve Him by revealing God’s message to others. Moses, who would also later serve as a prophet, likewise revealed God’s message by receiving the law of the Lord for the people of Israel. Other Old Testament prophets would look to both Abraham and Moses as examples of their role as people called by God to communicate the message of the Lord to those who needed it.
The revelation of God to the prophet is a process by which God reveals His secrets to the prophet. The term “reveal” (Hebrew, galah) means to “uncover,” as in “uncovering the ear”. Thus, when God “uncovers” the prophet’s ear, He reveals what has been previously hidden so that the prophet perceives what the Lord has said.
Lord willing, we will continue looking at “The Prophet and the Prophetic Ministry” in our next podcast.
In closing, let’s consider what God wants you and I to do in light of His Second Coming.
Jesus Christ said in Luke 19:13 to “Occupy till I come.” In light of that, we are continuing our journey through the book, “Coming Events and Present Duties,” by J.C. Ryle. It is a collection of what he called “prophetic tracts” that focus on the believer’s duty in light of the signs which point to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
This section is titled, “What Time Is It?” (Part 8). J.C. Ryle writes:
I see here great comfort for every believer in Christ who reads these pages. There is a day before you, a glorious day. You sometimes feel now as if you walked in darkness and had no light. You have often a hard battle to fight with the world, the flesh, and the devil. You sometimes fancy you will never win your way home, and must faint by the way. Your flesh and heart are ready to fail. You are sorely tempted to give up, and to sit down in despair. But take comfort in the thought of things yet to come. There is a good time before you. Your day has yet to dawn.
I see here great reason why many professing Christians should tremble and be afraid. There are many, too many I fear, to whom the time to come will be anything but day. There are many whose happiness is evidently all below, whose treasure is all on earth, whose brightest time is now, and whose gloomiest prospects are hereafter. The further they look on, the darker everything appears. Old age looks dark, — sickness looks darker still, — death and judgment look darkest of all!
Beloved, if this be your case, I warn you plainly there must be a change. Your views, your tastes, your inclinations, your affections must be renewed and transformed. You must learn to view the world that now is, and that which is to come, in a very different light. Go and sit at the feet of Jesus, and ask Him to teach you this lesson. Ask for the enlightening Spirit to anoint your eyes that you may see. Ask for the veil to be taken away, that you may behold everything in its true colours.
If the Lord tarries His Coming and we live, we will continue looking at this topic in our next broadcast/podcast.
Remember the words of the Lord in Matthew 24:42: “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” Matthew 24:44 says, “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”
If you are not ready for the Return of Jesus Christ, may I encourage you to get ready today by receiving Him as your Savior. Here is how:
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…” Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here is the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Keep looking up for your redemption draweth nigh. Let us join in the prayer of John the Revelator — “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” God bless you.